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Book talk with author Timothy Snyder

12:00
13:30
UCLA Russian Flagship Program
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The Road To Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America; Book talk with author Timothy Snyder
Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:00 PM; Bunche Hall, Room 6275

“With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian
propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards
authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries'
longstanding policies and values. But this threat to the West also presents an opportunity to better understand the
pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond
the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us--between
equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood--Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of
our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.”

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